Iowa communities will know soon whether they will be getting a medical marijuana dispensary — and one could land right across the river from Omaha.
Seven companies have submitted 21 applications to operate dispensaries in Iowa, and three of those are for Council Bluffs. The dispensaries are part of a law approved by the Iowa Legislature last year.
Nebraska does not have a law legalizing medical marijuana. A resolution this year to put medical marijuana on the ballot did not have enough support to be debated in the Legislature.
The Council Bluffs City Council voted 5-0 on Monday to lend its support to bringing a medical marijuana dispensary to the city. The final decision rests with the Iowa Department of Public Health, which will review the applications.
Councilman Roger Sandau, who put the resolution on the agenda, said the symbolic vote sends a message to state officials that the council understands the health benefits of having a dispensary in the city.
Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody said he supports helping people in pain but expressed concerns. He talked about